Religion: The Church Is Full of Wolves'

'The Church Is Full of Wolves

Stormy clouds lowered over the hamlet of Ecône in French Switzerland last week as Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre reached the point of no return in his "traditionalist" insurrection against the Pope of Rome. Some 4,000 Western European followers had flocked in by bus and train, along with 80 priests from round the world. As they sat on wooden benches and freshly mowed grass, the white-haired archbishop delivered a defiant, Luther-like sermon.

"The church is full of thieves, mercenaries and wolves," he said in a thin, clear voice. "During the past...

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